Ocean Planning in the Northeast

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2014 News

November 2014 RPB Meeting Materials now available!

Dec. 19–The November RPB meeting summary is now available.

2014 Recreational Use Survey

Dec. 5–The Northeast RPB is pleased to announce the 2014 Recreational Use Survey.

November 13-14 RPB Meeting Materials

Nov. 7–As a reminder, the next Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) meeting will be held Thursday, November 13-14 in New Castle, NH. The agenda and meeting materials are now posted here.

Fall 2014 Public Meeting Discussion Materials

Sep. 30–Throughout its Fall Public Meeting Series, the RPB will be seeking feedback and discussion on options under the Effective Decision Making goal and the Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems goal of the Framework of Ocean Planning in the Northeastern United States.

Fall 2014 Public Meeting Series

Sep. 17–The RPB will host a series of public meetings this fall in advance of the November RPB meeting.

Marine Life Webinar & Natural Resources Workshop Materials

Aug. 26–New details for the August 27 Marine Life Webinar are now available. Additionally the materials from June’s Natural Resources Workshop have been posted.

Ocean Planning Public Engagement Dates Announced

Aug. 5–Save the dates of August 27 and November 13 for a public webinar and the next RPB meeting, respectively.

June 2014 Meeting Materials Posted

Jun. 6, 2014–The draft agendas for the Natural Resources Workshop and the June 2014 RPB meeting have both been posted, along with other meeting materials.

June 2014 Natural Resources Workshop and RPB Meeting

May 14, 2014–A Natural Resources Public Workshop and the fourth Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting will take place on June 25-26, 2014, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Request for Proposals for Baseline Assessment (Q&A now available)

Apr. 18, 2014 – The final Q&A is now available.

Apr. 1, 2014–The Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Planning Body have released a new RFP to develop a baseline assessment for regional ocean planning.

Request for Proposals for Characterization of Recreational Activity

Mar. 12, 2014—The Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Planning Body have released a new RFP to develop products characterizing coastal and marine recreational activity in New England.

Request for Proposals for Marine Life Characterization (Q&A now available)

Mar. 14, 2014 – The final Q&A is now available.

Feb. 20, 2014 – The Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Planning Body have released a new RFP to develop products characterizing marine life distribution, abundance, and trends.

Framework for Ocean Planning in the Northeast United States

Feb. 6, 2014 — The Northeast Regional Planning Body has finalized its Framework for Ocean Planning in the Northeast United States.

Weather Delay: January 22nd RPB Meeting Starts at 1 PM

Jan. 21, 2014–Based on guidance from the National Weather Service, we are delaying the start of the Northeast Regional Planning Body meeting scheduled for January 22-23, 2014.

Northeast RPB Meeting Rescheduled

Jan. 12, 2014–The next Northeast Regional Planning Body meeting will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 22-23, 2014.

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Northeast RPB to hold May 2 Stakeholder Forum

April 26, 2017—The RPB will hold a Stakeholder Forum on May 2.

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Northeast RPB to hold April 13th webinar

April 6, 2017—The RPB will hold webinar for May stakeholder forum on April 13.

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New Northeast RPB Co-Leads

February 21, 2017—The RPB has new federal and state co-leads

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May 2017 Stakeholder Forum and Public Meeting

February 21, 2017—The Northeast RPB will hold its next public meeting on May 24th, 2017

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Plan Adoption Memo signed

January 19, 2017 – Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council have signed a Plan Adoption Memo.

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National Ocean Council certifies the Northeast Ocean Plan!

December 7, 2016 –The Northeast RPB is pleased to announce that the National Ocean Council has certified the first-in-the-nation Northeast Ocean Plan.

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Revised Northeast Ocean Plan Released!

Oct. 19, 2016 –The Northeast RPB is proud to submit the revised Northeast Ocean Plan to the National Ocean Council. Review the revised Plan here.

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Sep. 28 Ocean Plan Update Webinar

On September 28, 2016, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, the Northeast RPB will host a webinar in order to provide an overview of revisions to the draft plan and the general schedule for the remainder of 2016. See the event page for more details.

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Draft Plan Public Comment Meeting Schedule

Jun. 6–The complete list of times, dates, and locations of the Public Comment Meetings to be held throughout New England in June 2017 has been finalized and is now available.

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Draft Plan and RPB Webinar, May 25

May 13–Registration is now open online.
May 2–The RPB will hold a Webinar on Wednesday, May 25, from noon to 2 pm to announce the availability of the Draft Plan and describe the public comment process and opportunities.

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January 2016 EBM WG Meeting Summary

The summary of the January 2016 Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group Meeting is now available.

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Jan. 6: EBM Working Group Meeting

Upcoming next week is the next Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Working Group Meeting, to be held on January 6, 2016.

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Thanks Nov. 2015 RPB Meeting Attendees!

Thanks to all who attended the November 2015 RPB Meeting!

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Registration Open for November RPB Meeting

Registration is open for the November 16-17 Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting, which will be held in Portland, Maine.

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Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group Meeting

At its June meeting, the RPB called for the creation of an Ecosystem Based Management Work Group. The first meeting of this group will be on September 30th.

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June 2015 RPB Meeting Meeting Summary Now Available

Jul. 10–The June 2015 RPB Meeting summary is now available.

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June 3-4 RPB Meeting Materials Now Available

May 28–A packet of materials for the RPB meeting next week has been posted to the event page.

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Draft Agenda available for June 3-4 RPB Meeting

May 21–The draft agenda for the June 3-4 RPB Meeting is now available on the event page.

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Slides from May 12 Stakeholder Forum Now Available!

May 19–Two sets of slides from last week’s stakeholder forum are now available on the event’s page.

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Northeast RPB News

Northeast RPB to hold May 2 Stakeholder Forum

April 26, 2017—The RPB will hold a Stakeholder Forum on May 2.

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Ocean Planning Timeline

  • November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus.
    April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration.
    May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
  • January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks.
    May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals.
    Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
  • Spring Stakeholder Forum: Review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan.
    Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
  • Winter EBM Working Group: Review progress on Draft Northeast Ocean Plan, marine life and habitat data product development, including IEAs Framework.
    Spring Northeast RPB Meeting (via webinar): Release Draft Plan for public review.
    Summer Collect public comment on the Draft Plan through public meetings and other opportunities.
    Fall September public webinar to review changes to the Draft Plan and October submittal of revised Plan to the National Ocean Council.
  • Winter Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council sign Plan Adoption Memo.
    Spring See Events and Meetings
    April Informational webinar to prepare for stakeholder forum.
    May Stakeholder forum and RPB public meeting.

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